Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

ACT Party needs a refresher course on NZ Public Health laws

ACT Party needs a refresher course on NZ Public Health legislation

Hāpai Te Hauora is disappointed at the ignorance shown by the ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour as reported in today’s Otago Daily Times regarding his rationale for selling single cigarettes to customers.

Hāpai Te Hauora CEO, Lance Norman is astonished with the party leader's view. "Selling single cigarettes is illegal under the Smoke-free Environments Act. In effect, David Seymour is encouraging people to break the law. It’s pretty bizarre, not to mention irresponsible." Seymour’s statement was prompted from a post on social media (by an anonymous source) endorsing both the sale of single cigarettes for those lower income families who struggle to pay for a packet at a time, and the misguided view that the sale of single cigarettes could resolve the increasing problem of dairy thefts linked to tobacco products.

Mihi Blair, General Manager of National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service is critical of these statements saying "This anonymous person’s position is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve as a nation and effectively promotes further harm in our communities, while solving nothing. The Smokefree 2025 goal will only be achieved with the political courage around the implementation of supply reduction strategies and targeted stop smoking support services, as well as effective alternatives to tobacco use such as vaping. It will not be achieved by making cigarettes more readily available in our communities again."

The sale of single cigarettes will contribute to the uptake of a deadly product of whānau which is killing 5,000 members of our community of New Zealand annually.

Further information regarding the sale of single cigarettes:

- Selling singles at $1-$2 each makes cigarettes affordable and therefore more accessible for whānau

- Purchasing single cigarettes may be a gateway to further addiction

- Lack of regulation means that unbranded cigarettes may be sold, with no way for purchasers to know what ingredients they contain

- There are no ID checks for purchase, as it is an illegal activity, making it easier for rangatahi to purchase

Here are links to previous investigations undertaken by the Tupeka Kore Action Group supported by Hāpai Te Hauora around single cigarette sales in dairies

http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/native-affairs-single-issue

http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/maori-women-praised-filing-complaint-against-selling-single-cigarettes

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>

 
 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels